3.40 Southwell

Considering FINE N DANDY (best price 3/1) has been undone by a high drawn under stands fence on his last three visits to today’s track, he’s still managed to perform to a decent standard, and now housed much more favourably this time around, he has every chance of regaining the winning thread. Contrary to round course races on the Fibresand when most of the runners seek to come over to the stands side, a position centre to far side is definitely a massive advantage on the straight 5f track and as John Jenkins’ inmate is nicely boxed in gate 3, a good fast break should allow him to get into position A before striking for home from the two pole. As most dirt races are all about who gets into the best early rhythm and decelerates the least in the latter stages, hopefully he should have enough of an advantage to see it out from the front.
Fine N Dandy - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt

5.00 Haydock

SHARPASAKNIFE (best price 15/8) looked a nice prospect when landing a decent novice event at Wetherby on debut and although he got beat when trying to follow up three weeks later, his reputation was further enhanced despite that reversal. The horse he beat first time up at the Yorkshire venue, Road To Gold, went to advertise the form with a game win next time out and even though Malcolm Jefferson’s charge’s proper future undoubtedly lies over fences, today’s fixed brush hurdles should provide a sufficient test before he tackles the larger obstacles next season.
Sharpasaknife - 1pt @ 15/8Won 1.88pt

7.00 Dundalk

CARRIED (best price 7/2) had to be commended for being on the sharp end of a severe gallop throughout here the last day and this reliable type can have his consistency rewarded in this similar race tonight. Hardly ever out of the frame at this venue, Prunella Dobbs’ inmate kept that enviable record in tact with that excellent second behind the in-form Poitin 26 days ago and considering that effort was achieved despite his inexperienced pilot dropping his whip within the first two furlongs, the performance can be upgraded. Prior to that solid display, the son of Footstepsinthesand had run right up to his best form against the likes of subsequent winners, Ancient Sands and Political Policy and with Pat Smullen taking over in the saddle, the honest six-year-old should be in the money at the very least.
Carried - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Won 4.2pt